They say that breakfast is the important meal of the day. This holds true, it sets the overall tone of my eating through out the day. My go to breakfast in the mornings is oatmeal. I love oatmeal, especially with fresh fruit like strawberries and blueberries. The oats in oatmeal have so many nutritional benefits, if you are not incorporating oats into your diet, you are missing out on key nutritents that get your body off to a fantastic start.
- Oatmeal is rich in nutrients, a good source of carbs and fiber. Oatmeal is loaded with thiamin (Viatmin B1), magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, folate, phosphorus, and pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5). Oatmeal is also highe in protein and lower in fat. When you think about it, oats are among the most dense-nutrient foods you can eat.
- Oatmeal is rich in antioxidants, notably an unique group of antioxidants called avenanthramides. Avenanthramides are wonderful because they lower blood pressure by increasing the production of nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide is a gas molecule that helps dilate the blood vessels thereby increasing blood flow. In addition to lowering blood pressure avenanthramides have anti-inflammatory and anti-itching effects.
- Fiber! Oatmeal contains soluble fiber called beta-glucan. Beta-glucan has a variety of benefits including: reduced blood sugar and reduced insulin response, decrease total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, feeling full, and increases the growth of good bacteria for a healthy digestive system.
- Oatmeal aides in combating obesity, and keeps you from over eating during other meals. Beta-glucan promotes the release of a hormone called peptide YY (PYY). This is a satiety hormone that is produced in the gut, this hormone controls appetite.
- Finely ground oats help with the nasty symptoms of eczema. Oats have anti-itching, anti-inflammatory, and irritation antioxidants when applied to the skin. When searching for skin care products to help with skin conditions, make sure it is oat based.
- Oatmeal is gluten-free
- May relieve constipation. Oatmeal is enriched with fiber, and by eating oatmeal daily it will help to also relieve the sysmptoms of constispation as well. One (1) cup of oatmeal contains four (4) grams of fiber. The recommended daily intake of fiber is twenty five (25) to thirty (30) grams of fiber from food, not from supplements. One (1) cup of oatmeal certainly does get you off to a wonderful start on that daily fiber.
If you do not like oatmeal there are a ton of ways to incorporate oats into your diet. Granola is a good way to get oats into your diet, there is also cereal called muesli. Muesli is a Swiss cereal that is basically made of raw, rolled oats that you can add fruit too with milk or juice. There are also muffins, for example, banana oat muffins.